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#SFMChickpeaParty: Getting to Know HOPE

So, guess what I did Thursday night? OK, I’ll tell you: I went to my first blogger’s event! After so many years of blogging, it was high time I attended one. As soon as I arrived I thought, why haven’t I done this kind of thing already? But of course I well knew the answer. Because I hardly ever leave the house from summertime onward, and when I do, it’s typically obligatory, or an infrequent get...

Tofu Mulligatawny Stew

Years (and, so fast, years!) ago as a newlywed, I thought I was a pretty good cook. (I was pretty abysmal.) I thought I was on the fairly outstanding end of being passionate about healthy living, but I hadn’t come anywhere close to unleashing the beast of a hyper for health and happiness herbivore (mostly) that lay within. I also didn’t know about the infinite vastness of what I didn’t know; one bonus of...

Red, White and Blue Berry “Trifle” Par...

To celebrate American Independence Day with a healthified riff on a traditional English dessert feels a little cheeky, as does just using the word “cheeky” in this context, in fact. But the stressed dramatic political state of both countries recently makes me feel even more than the usual kinship with my husband’s home country (or neighbor…since he’d claim Scotland first with more fervor than...

Peanut butter oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies ...

On first bite, I was so excited about sharing these cookies/this recipe I was like a panting puppy, or at least a preschooler.  Then we went on vacation, and even though I’d loaded a blank draft up with images with intent to write a few quick notes, sharing didn’t happen. Of course when we got back, I had to bake another batch, to remind myself of the many and specific notes of yumminess. Of course. Batch two...

Vegan chickpea tacos with peach mango salsa and av...

Who doesn’t love tacos? Apparently no one, in America, at least. Last year, Americans allegedly ate over 4.5 BILLION tacos. So, one can probably pretty safely assume that tacos are pretty awesome. Except, I usually don’t like them, being a weirdo, unless they are actually burritos. Until recently, with this vegan chickpea version that changed everything. What’s not to like about tacos, really? Well, for me,...

Oatmeal chickpea blender pancakes (GF, dairy-free)

When a friend asked me for thoughts on making over a cottage cheese blender pancake recipe that eliminated the cottage cheese/dairy, she had no idea what she was in for. As in, what kind of geeked-out, rapid, pinball firing momentum she was kicking off. Ten rambling, overly enthusiastic, stream-of-consciousness Facebook messages or so within ten minutes or less later, however, and I think I did a pretty good job of fixing...

Thai-inspired roasted pepper socca “pizza...

Socca “pizza” no. 2. A little overdue. Little F and I have been traveling, braving our first flight without (and sorely missing) Daddy to visit Ammy, Pop Pop, Aunties, and little baby Clara (finally) over Mother’s Day weekend. Little guy was amazing!  His exuberance and energy; his radiant joy with his grandma, wide-eyed curiosity and proud sharing with his grandpa; playful coyness with the aunties, and...

Vegan socca “pizza”: roasted asparagus...

Have you tried socca yet? Because I’m about to sound very starry-eyed and naive about it, which might bore the connoisseur. If you haven’t, think about it. It is SO easy and SO awesome. SO much so, I’ve been repeating myself about it all week since first trying (for the first two times–Thai-inspired version coming up next), yet it’s taken me awhile to begin recording the recipes. I wanted time...

Honey BBQ tempeh salad

Writing up the salad part of this recipe feels a little frivolous somehow, with my own voice taunting, like you need a recipe?! Because this is truly such a “whatever’s left in the fridge” sort of salad that happens to be great topped with yummy tempeh cooked in a simple barbeque sauce. The latter being what this post is really for: “sauce” which feels more like seasoning. A few ingredients pull...

Baked (Captain America) cauliflower and corn fritt...

Fritters, patties, or maybe even burgers…I’m not sure what’s the most fitting description for this recipe. One thing I am sure of, whatever term I use, it’s going to be preceded with “Captain America’s”. Little Sous Chef has been giving me secret giggles with the quirkiness of some of his ideas and preferences lately. One, he loves Captain America right now–Captain America being...

Easy gluten-free (or not) apple cinnamon waffles

These waffles. They could nudge me to eating fully gluten-free (although they are just as persuasive made with whole wheat flour). They are fluffy and light yet hearty, with that just-crisp on the outside texture craved in a waffle.  Unsweetened applesauce cuts out the need for any oil (unless you want to add some, they’ll be a tad bit denser); just be on the ready to give your iron a coat of cooking spray in between...

Roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad with tahini d...

How long do we get to say phrases like  “40 is the new 30” before the “new” expires? Personally, I hope never. Or that, in this particular case, we just keep pushing up the digits…50, 60, 90. It doesn’t feel like that long ago I was staring at a “whole quarter of a century” as if it was so old, but it was. In any case, the real reason I’m even wondering is that in a...